September 11, 2008

Can you see this?

A few weeks ago I arranged a visit to the optometrist for Kenna and me. The longer I'm on the computer, the quicker my eyes blur over. And I thought I'd drag Kenna with me because her eyes read all over a page, so I was sure that she might need some help focusing.

Nope, the doc said, she has perfect vision. Bummer, I said, I was hoping glasses would solve all her phonics problems and calm her hyperactive eyes. I guess I'll have to wait for maturity to find it's way into Kenna's head.

But I did learn that she is far-sighted, just like every other 7-year-old. Apparently at her age, far-sightedness is normal and expected. Eventually, as she ages, her far-sightedness will give way to near-sightedness. And then when she's 40, she'll need glasses.

As for me, my vision is excellent too, especially given my age. But he did write up a mild prescription for "computer/reading" lenses. Apparently I'm not the only person who has focusing issues in front of a laptop and eye-frame companies have a market for these types of glasses. I did add the anti-reflective coating so that my night vision will improve as the lenses will lessen the glare of on-coming headlights.

And I let the friendly optician talk me into the sale they were running on prescription sunglasses too. I don't ever wear sunglasses because I've never found a pair that fit well. But I really like the frames I found for my computer/reading glasses so I thought I might as well be comfy while hanging out outside. The sun is super harsh for people with blue and hazel eyes. These glasses are UV/A and B barrier, polarized, anti-reflective, surely have x-ray vision and other mama super powers, and should protect my eyes from future cataracts and retina issues. Statistics show that those of us who live in the South have greater issues with eye problems, not because of the sun itself, but because of the glare from the road, water, windows, etc.

Who knew? But that one fact, coupled with my light blue eyes, caused me to fork over a tiny wad of cash in hopes that I can avoid a surgical procedure later. But at least I'll be able to see without blurring.


Alison said...

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Melinda said...

Thanks for your offer, Alison. (And by the way, we LOVE Usborne around here!) I was just sort of hoping that eyeglasses would solve all of my internal impatience with her reading ability. She actually reads on grade level, she's just very distracted by everything around her, including the written word. She can thank her twin for most of the distractions. :) I'll track you down, however, if we are still encountering these issues by the first of next year. If glasses won't help, maybe time will. A year made a huge difference with my oldest daughter.